Oculus launches live entertainment app Venues for Oculus Go and Gear VR headsets
Oculus VR’s new platform for stay leisure experiences is launching at the moment for the brand new, standalone Oculus Go headset and Samsung’s Gear VR. The platform, known as Oculus Venues, was first introduced at Fb’s F8 developer convention firstly of Could. It’s centered on delivering stay occasions like sporting matches, live shows, and comedy reveals within the fashion of a streaming TV service — however in VR. Which means viewers successfully get front-row seats to stay reveals from the consolation of their house, as long as they’re content material with carrying a VR headset for an prolonged time period.
The primary Venues occasion will likely be a stay Vance Pleasure live performance at Colorado’s Purple Rocks Amphitheater, adopted by a Gotham Comedy Reside present streamed from New York Metropolis in partnership with stay occasions platform NextVR. Oculus has additionally launched a whole summer season lineup by August 27th that features a fairly various slate of sports activities matches, stay reveals, and flicks.
Venues isn’t nearly giving Oculus homeowners a strategy to watch a stay occasion, however about making an attempt to recreate the sensation of experiencing that occasion with different individuals. To that finish, Venues populates the realm instantly round you with different digital avatars, to provide the sense of a collective viewing expertise solely stay occasions can present.
That is all a part of Oculus’ broader leisure push to make VR each a social expertise and a medium that goes past simply gaming. To try this, Oculus wants to offer on a regular basis shoppers a purpose to personal a VR headset and use it frequently. Reside occasions is a brilliant strategy to obtain each, particularly on condition that the Oculus Go headset is the corporate’s first standalone system and prices simply $199. That makes it doubtlessly extra palatable to extra mainstream shoppers who’ve no real interest in gaming however who in any other case could also be trying to check out VR for leisure functions.
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